World-renowned photographer Jaroslav Rössler contributed immensely to the development of modern photography in in the 1920s snd '30s. His later work in the medium of photograpphy still needs to be properly appreciated, but Rössler was not “merely” a photographer. Like Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, El Lyssitzki and other artists whose universality enabled them to add a new dimension to photograhy and give it new expressive qualities, he was unquesrionably an artist in the broader sense of the word. Rössler's drawings and paintings are an important part of his art and an important element of his artistic personality, which they can help us to understand. What is more, they are not subordinated to his photographic ambitions and did not serve as mere sketches for his photograhic compositions. They are a distinct artistic statement.
Meanwhile, Rössler's paintings and drawings have remained almost completely unknown, although they were immensely important to him. In fact, in the 1920s they were as much a part of his artistic expression as photography. The aim of this publication is to present Rössler as a painter, to show his development as such, and to highlight several commonalities with his photographic work.
Czech Photography of the 20th Century, published simultaneously in Czech and English versions, is the first book to present the main trends, figures, and works of Czech photography from the beginning to the end of the last century to such a large extent. Its 517 plates include not only the most important, well-known photographs and photomontages, but also works that have long been forgotten or are published for the first time. The book is arranged in seventeen chapters, supplemented with chronologies of the most important events in twentieth-century Czech photography and history.